July 30, 2018
*13 Priests, put on your rough cloth and cry to show your sadness.
Servants of the altar, cry out loud.
Servants of my God,
sleep in your rough cloth to show your sadness.
Cry because there will be no more grain or drink offerings
to offer in the Temple of your God.
14 Call the people together.
Tell them there will be a time to give up food.
Bring together the elders
and everyone who lives in the land.
Bring them to the Temple of the Lord your God.
And cry out to the Lord.
15 This will be a terrible day!
The Lord’s day of judging is near.
At that time punishment will come
like an attack from God All-Powerful.
16 Our food is taken away
while we watch.
Joy and happiness are gone
from the Temple of our God.
17 We planted seeds,
but they lie dry and dead in the dirt.
Our barns are empty and falling down.
The storerooms for grain have been broken down.
This is because the grain has dried up.
18 The animals are hungry and groaning!
The herds of cattle wander around confused.
They have no grass to eat.
Even the flocks of sheep suffer.
19 Lord, I am calling to you for help.
Fire has burned up the open pastures.
Flames have burned all the trees in the field.
20 Wild animals also need your help.
The water in the streams has dried up.
Fire has burned up the open pastures. (Joel 1:13-20, ICB)
*Then my people, who are called by my name, will be sorry for what they have done. They will pray and obey me and stop their evil ways. If they do, I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, ICB)